Murders in the Rue Morgue

1932

In 19th Century Paris, the maniacal Dr. Mirakle abducts young women and injects them with ape blood in an attempt to prove ape-human kinship. He constantly meets failure as the abducted women die. Medical student Pierre Dupin discovers what Mirakle is doing too late to prevent the abduction of his girlfriend Camille. Now he desperately tries to enlist the help of the police to get her back.

Cast:
Sidney Fox .... Mlle. Camille L'Espanaye
Bela Lugosi .... Doctor Mirakle
Leon Ames .... Pierre Dupin, Medical Student
Bert Roach .... Paul
Betty Ross Clarke .... Mme. L'Espanaye
Brandon Hurst .... Prefect of Police
D'Arcy Corrigan .... Morgue Keeper
Noble Johnson .... Janos The Black One, Mirakle's Black Servant
Arlene Francis .... Woman of the Streets, Mirakle Victim

 

 

Sidney Fox

Sidney Fox, the beautiful, petite actress of the 1930's ( she stood only 4' 10" tall), was born Sidney Leifer on 10 December, 1910 in New York City. Though her career was short, it certainly sparkled. She worked with the likes of Humphrey Bogart in "Midnight", Spencer Tracy in "Six Cylinder Love", Bette Davis in "Bad Sister" and Bela Lugosi in "Murders in the Rue Morgue". She married Charles Beahan in 1932. She died 14 November 1942 in Hollywood, California, from an apparent overdose of sleeping pills. She was only 32.

Arlene Francis

Arlene Francis, the witty actress and popular television personality, was born Arlene Francis Kazanjian on Oct. 20, 1907, in Boston. Her father was an Armenian immigrant, later painter and portrait photographer; her mother was the daughter of actor Alfred Davis. Even at an early age, Arlene said, "I started out with one goal, I wanted to be a serious actress." Arlene studied at the Theatre Guild, and she went to Hollywood. Her movie debut was in Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), in which Bela Lugosi (often cast as a villain or mad scientist, he had been in over 40 movies) tied her to an X-cross to extract her blood (trivia: Arlene and Bela were both born on Oct. 20). The live theater, however, was Arlene's first love, and she appeared in many plays. In 1935, Arlene married movie executive Neil Agnew; they'd stay together for 10 years. Arlene made her Broadway debut in 1936, and had her first major role in "All That Glitters" 2 years later. She appeared with Orson Welles in the Mercury Theatre production of "Danton's Death" in 1938, and in "Journey to Jerusalem" in 1940. Arlene's big hit was "The Doughgirls" in 1942, it ran for 1-1/2 years. Arlene had auditioned for her first radio part at the same time she was gettting started in the theater; she later recalled, "Radio came easily." In the 1940s she played in as many as 5 radio serials a day. Arlene got married to actor Martin Gabel in 1946 (he died in 1986), and they had a son, Peter. She also was host of a radio dating show called "Blind Date" which was adapted to a TV series in 1949, and she was the host (1949-1952). It was television that brought Arlene fame, and she became one of the highest-paid women in TV. Arlene was a permanent panelist on "What's My Line?" (a Mark Goodson - Bill Todman production) from 1950 through 1967, the celebrity game show was on 	CBS; Arlene continued as a panelist in a syndicated version that ran until 1975, thus being with the show for its entire 25-year run. She was warm, witty and had a cute laugh-and was always fashionably dressed; Arlene wore a diamond heart-shaped necklace, which started a fad. Still doing radio, in 1960 she was the star of the appropriately named "The	Arlene Francis Show," a daily interview show in New York, on WOR; it ran for 23 years. Arlene retired from show biz after that, and lived comfortably. She was still giving interviews in 1991. Arlene spent her last years living in San Francisco. Arlene died of cancer on Thursday, May 31, 2001, in an SF hospital, at age 93. Her many fans will miss her, Arlene was truly one of the greats. With a sophisticated, sometimes biting, but always positive wit, with a very urbane laugh and a knowing gleam in her eyes that she carried in even very trying circumstances, Arlene Francis personified the ideal for feminine television.

Betty Ross Clarke

Betty Ross Clarke was born on 19 April 1896 in Langdon, North Dakota. A pretty, blonde ingenue of the 1920s, Betty Ross Clarke had toured in the hit play Fair and Warmer prior to entering films as Katherine de Vaucelles opposite William Farnum's François Villon in If I Were King (1920). She was also Roscoe Arbuckle's leading lady in the comedy Brewster's Millions (1921), but then did mostly programmers. Leaving films in 1924 in favor of the stage, Clarke returned as a character actress in the sound era. She is best known to horror fans for her role in Murders In The Rue Morgue (1932).and for replacing an otherwise engaged Sara Haden as Aunt Milly in two Andy Hardy comedies, Judge Hardy's Children and Love Finds Andy Hardy (both 1938). She died 31 January 1947 in Los Angeles, California.

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